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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jun 13, 2008 9:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

I just got back from the show. It was almost a perfect night weather wise, temperature was prefect but it did drizzle for a few minutes. But then it cleared up.

For those who don't know...Charter One Pavilion is an outdoor venue and you can see the entire Chicago skyline. A great setting! First the setlist from what I remember, then some musings.

Set 1: Unknown, Jack Straw, unknown, Big Boss Man, unknown, unknown, unknown (I think they were all Jackie songs?)

Set 2: Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Wharf Rat > Eyes Of The World > China Cat Sunflower > The Eleven > I Know You Rider, unknown > Franklin's Tower.

E: Brown-Eyed Women, Ripple (acoustic)

Musing:

1) Leon Helms opened. I never heard of him before. If he walked into my house and had his name "Leon Helms" on his shirt I would not have recognized him. He's a drummer and he wears a black glove on his left hand. He also sings for the band and sing he does not do well. I'm not sure who is worse, Phil or Leon (I think it's Phil). But Leon has a heart of gold and a wonderful spirit, he was always smiling up there. Men he looked like he had cancer or something, really emaciated, skinny guy. They played about 10 songs and various people subbed in like the John Molo, the other guitarist from Phil Lesh, and Sammy Davis played on two songs.

2) I think it is HILARIOUS that Phil and Jackie need the lyrics in front of them to sing the songs. How many times did Phil play Franklin's Tower with the Dead? I know he didn't sing it, but c'mon now!

3) Phil was routinely talking into the microphone when it wasn't "on", we didn't hear it. Was he talking to the band members/

4) Jackie is a good guitarist, but the other guy too (Jack?) I think is equally as good.

5) I think this band prides themselves on being able to transition from any one song to any other. Hell...they could probably do Jack-A-Roe > Stella Blue if they tried.

6) They played for a total of about 2 hours 10 minutes. Right in that neighborhood.

7) Slipknot! was a ton of fun. The keyboardist did a lot of freaked sounds that made it fun.

8) I think some of the in between jams, the segues between songs were OK. Others were exceptional. The exceptional ones were "natural" transitions that have been done before.

9) It was great to hear The Eleven! Kind of short but fun.

10) So is it common for Deadheads to derive a lot of enjoyment from a show when it comes to predicting what will be played next? I was constantly thinking that. I only recently got into the Dead and I never saw them in concert. But I had a strong feeling that they would not go directly into Franklin's tower after Slipknot!, so much so that I bet the guy in front of me $1 that they would not go to Franklin's.

11) Why start off the encore with Brown-Eyed Women? That seemed really strange to me.

I had a blast at the show! Especially when I knew the songs. :-)

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 14, 2008 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

It's Levon Helm, and he's only the drummer from one of the great bands of all time, The Band. Not only that but he along with Rick Danko provided most of the lead vocals as well. You may know his voice from such Band classics as The Weight, Ophelia, Up On Cripple Creek and King Harvest (Will Surely Come). If you don't know him, you may want to check out some of these great albums:

Bob Dylan: Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan & Band: Before The Flood
The Band: Music From Big Pink
the Band: Rock Of Ages
The Band: Last Waltz


And many other releases.
Also there is some great behind the scenes footage of the band on the DVD Festival Express, which also features the Dead, Janis and Buddy Guy.


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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Jun 14, 2008 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

" Levon Helm is fantastic! You have to cut him some slack on his singing though, he had throat cancer not so long ago."

Amen! and since when do DeadHeads get hung up on a musician's singing abilities? Listening to the guys trying to cover song of Garcia's songs is nothing to crow about these days either. Your Donna shows are full of her screeching into Playing Reprise.

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jun 14, 2008 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Well...Bobby can sing. And Jackie can sing too. Although he merges together too many of his words for my liking. Hey I like good singing! It's another instrument out there, just like guitars, drums, etc.

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jun 14, 2008 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Well I certainly don't know all of the Dead songs...the first set was loaded with them that I didn't recognize. From Phil's Website:

Set 1: Golden Road, Jack Straw, Mexican Girl, Viola Lee Blues > Big Boss Man > Viola Lee Blues > About Cell Block #9 > Viola Lee Blues

Set 2: Help > Slip > Wharf Rat > Eyes > China > The Eleven > Rider, Mason's Children > Franklin's Tower

Encore: BEW, Ripple

So is that Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion? Never really knew Viole Lee Blues, and never heard Mason's Children before.

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Poster: ducats Date: Jun 14, 2008 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

would you please go away, rent The Last Waltz and then listen to 100 dead shows before you come back

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jun 14, 2008 12:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Levon Helm is fantastic! You have to cut him some slack on his singing though, he had throat cancer not so long ago.
Go and check out some of the great albums by the Band to hear Levon when he was in his prime. Purple Gel named a bunch of them already.
Everybody has probably heard The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, and Rag Mama Rag. If you have the DVD Festival Express check Levon out in that one and also in The Last Waltz. He also did the semi-original version of When I Paint My Masterpiece, written by his good buddy Bob Dylan. Levon is a treasure His daughter Amy Helm sings with the fine group Ollabelle.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2008-06-14 07:33:21

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Poster: jemajn2323 Date: Jun 14, 2008 4:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Sounds like a great time. I think it's very cool that so many people can see Phil, Bob, or "get into" the Dead without ever being at a show. I often wonder how this can be, since the Dead shows were so unique and triggered something in us. I've seen Phil, Ratdog, Rhythm Devils, etc. and must say that (no disrespect, no snobbery), they fall short of a Dead experience. I think most agree with that and chalk it up to the super obvious Jer factor. But the true unbroken chain here is the spirit that carries on, and that spirit is in the songs. We can't underestimate the power contained within these cryptic words/music. A good execution by positive musicians will take us all home on a good night with this body of work. Sorry for rant, I found an old issue, '97?, of Scientific American in the attic, and it has a "special report" section on the internet. The last of 10 articles is by Brewster Khale, founder of the Archive, reporting on his digital library. How else would I know you saw Phil and are into the Dead? and everbody else and everything else. I'm just thankful beyond words. Does anyone know how the Dead collection got started here?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 14, 2008 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Levon also does some acting. I flew into NYC this week on jet blue. On My return flight I dialed in V1 on the direct TV and the last waltz was on. Made the flight tolerable.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jun 14, 2008 10:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phil and Friends, Chicago 2008-6-13 @ Charter One

Levon also acted in Coal Miners Daughter where he played Loretta Lynn's father. He also had a role in The Right Stuff as the Air Force General who does all the narrating in the movie...not a bad actor either!

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2008-06-15 05:53:14